• 21
 
THANK YOU! SEE YOU NEXT YEAR 31 MARCH/03 APRIL 2020 PARIS


Wednesday 10 April Morning AI Net Day One Tracks 1+2+3

    Conference Room Level O

  • Registration and welcome coffee from 07.30
  • Start of the Conference 08.30
  • Exhibition open from 08.00 to 20.00
  • Seated Lunch: 12.30
  • End of Conference: 18.00
  • Social Event: 19.30

 
Morning Chairman
Roy Chua, Founder and Principal at AvidThink

Roy Chua is Founder and Principal at AvidThink, an independent research and advisory service formed in 2018 out of SDxCentral's research group. Prior to co-founding SDxCentral and running its research and product teams, Roy was a management consultant working with both Fortune 500 and startup technology companies on go-to-market and product consulting.  As an early proponent of the software-defined infrastructure movement, Roy is a frequent speaker at technology events in the telco and cloud space and a regular contributor to leading online publications. A graduate of UC Berkeley's electrical engineering and computer science program and MIT's Sloan School of Business, Roy has 20+ years of experience in telco and enterprise cloud computing, networking and security, including founding several Silicon Valley startups.


08.30 Opening Session
Service Providers Experiences with AI and Machine Learning
08.30

Tilly Gilbert, Consultant, STL Partners

Tilly is a consultant at STL Partners. She works on a range of client projects with a particular focus on helping telcos squeeze the business potential from artificial intelligence and data analytics.   She has a BA in English Language and Literature from Oxford University and an MA in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania.

08.50

Daniel Bar-Lev,
Director, Office of the CTO, MEF

As director in the MEF's Office of the CTO, Daniel is responsible for the development and implementation of a range of strategic MEF programs that are central to MEF's transformation to an agile-process oriented standards development organization. These innovative programs - including the MEF Software Developer Community, MEFnet global implementation platform, and MEF Reference Implementations - enable MEF's 210+ member companies to implement draft and published service orchestration and definitions work in code, and to make available standardized open APIs that accelerate the availability of highly agile, assured and orchestrated services for today's hyper-connected world.   Daniel has been involved in the networking industry for 25 years holding a variety of positions in RAD Data Communications, as well as co-founding Resolute Networks where he held executive positions. Representing Resolute in the MEF, Daniel served for 3 years as MEF Global Marketing Co-Chair and was elected three times to the MEF Board of Directors. Since 2010, Daniel has been a senior member of the MEF staff.

09.10

Imen Grida Ben Yahia,
Expert in Future Networks, Orange Labs

Imen Grida Ben Yahia is currently with Orange Labs, France, as Orange Expert in Future Networks. She is leading a research project, on Autonomic & Cognitive Management for software networks. She received her PhD degree in Telecommunication Networks from Pierre et Marie Curie University in conjunction with Télécom SudParis in 2008.   Her current research interests are autonomic and cognitive management for software and programmable networks that include artificial intelligence for SLA and fault management, knowledge and abstraction for management operations, intent- and policy-based management. As such, she contributed to several European research projects like Servery, FP7 UniverSelf and the H2020 CogNet and authored several scientific conference and journal papers in the field of autonomic and cognitive management. Imen is Chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Network Intelligence (ongoing). She is currently TPC chair of Netsoft 2018 and also a member of several TPCs and conference organizing committees.

09.30

Valéry Augais,
Senior Network Architect, Colt

Valéry Augais is a senior network architect in Colt’s Network On-Demand Architecture & Design team. He joined Colt’s engineering department in 1998 as an access and metro technologies specialist.  In the 2010’s he has been actively involved in: the design and roll-out of next-generation packet-based Carrier Ethernet networks and services; the modular integration of the optical, Ethernet and IP layers with the aim of simplifying the transport and service architectures; the evolution of the access network for a smarter mobile backhaul offering; the assessment and development of FTTx technologies and architectures for Colt. Since more recently his current research focus is on optical SDN services, Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning, and NFV infrastructure.   Valéry holds two M.Sc. degrees in Telecommunications and Computing from Telecom ParisTech and UPMC University, France.

09.50 Keynotes Session
09.50

Jim Guichard,
Distinguished Engineer, Huawei

Jim Guichard, a Distinguished Engineer and Head of IP protocol innovation at Huawei, is an experienced network and protocol architect with 25+ years of industry experience and expertise in areas such as Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), IP routing, L3VPN’s, Software Defined Networking (SDN), Network Function Virtualization (NFV), and Service Chaining.   Jim is the inventor of 100+ US & international patents related to IP, MPLS, and network services, and is widely respected for his MPLS/IP, routing, SDN/NFV expertise. He is also the author of several books including “MPLS & VPN Architectures, volumes I & II” and “Definitive MPLS Network Designs”.

10.10

Kireeti Kompella, Juniper Networks
10.30

Michael Beesley,
CTO, SP Networking, Cisco
10.50

Sunil Khandekar,
Founder & CEO, Nuage Networks

Sunil leads the vision and direction at Nuage Networks, a Silicon Valley-based business that brings a combination of technologies and networking expertise to the enterprise and telecommunications industries.   He has built 15+ years of expertise in product management and consulting engineering in leadership roles working with the IP Division of former Alcatel-Lucent (now Nokia) and networking start-up TiMetra Networks, as well as Bay and Nortel Networks in New York and Santa Clara, California. His first professional job came before even earning his degree when he was able to convince a local company in his hometown to hire him as a design engineer during a university-wide strike.   Sunil believes that the key to successful leadership is having the ability to define your vision and inspire people to follow it. Nuage Networks’ success so far is due to hiring top talent and building a team of dedicated players focused on bringing new thinking to industry problems.  A co-author and contributor to multiple IETF drafts, he is also a regular speaker at industry events and conferences. He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in CIS.

11.10
Coffee Break / Exhibition / Interop Event
Sponsored by

11.40 DEBATE

 
AI for Networks: Status and Perspectives
Moderator
Roy Chua, Founder and Principal at AvidThink

Roy Chua is Founder and Principal at AvidThink, an independent research and advisory service formed in 2018 out of SDxCentral's research group. Prior to co-founding SDxCentral and running its research and product teams, Roy was a management consultant working with both Fortune 500 and startup technology companies on go-to-market and product consulting.  As an early proponent of the software-defined infrastructure movement, Roy is a frequent speaker at technology events in the telco and cloud space and a regular contributor to leading online publications. A graduate of UC Berkeley's electrical engineering and computer science program and MIT's Sloan School of Business, Roy has 20+ years of experience in telco and enterprise cloud computing, networking and security, including founding several Silicon Valley startups.


Diego R. Lopez,
Chair of ETSI NFV ISG, Co-chair of IRTF's NFVRG, Senior Technology Expert, Telefonica I+D

Since October 2011 Diego R. Lopez is in charge of Technology Exploration at the Global CTO Unit, within Telefónica I+D. His responsibilities are related to the definition and coordination of research projects in the areas of new networking technologies and network infrastructures. He is directly involved in activities related to network virtualization, core optimization, AAA, traffic analysis, and infrastructure security.   He is actively participating in the ETSI ISG on Network Function Virtualisation (NFV), chairing its Technical Steering Committee. He is acting as representative of Telefónica in bodies related to network technologies, like the ONF and the BBF, and contributing to several working groups inside IETF.Diego have been appointed by the European Commission as member of the High Level Expert Group on Scientific Data e-Infrastructures (HLEG-SDI).   He received his MS from the University of Granada in 1985, and his PhD degree from the University of Seville in 2001. Since 1985 he have worked for several private and public organisations, developing and deploying communication services.   From 2000 to 2011 he was responsible for the Middleware Area of RedIRIS, the Spanish National Research and Educational Network. As part of these tasks he actively participate in national and international working groups and projects, and he have collaborated in several versions of the e-Infrastructure Reflection Group White Paper, under the auspices of the EU Presidency, in areas related to security and digital identity services.   His current areas of interest are network middleware and network intelligence, virtualization of network architectures, control and signaling protocols, infrastructural and mediation service, and new network architectures and services  Specialities: NFV and Software Networks. Internet middleware. Federated architectures. Directories (LDAP). Identity management systems: SAML, OpenID, OAuth. PKI. Internet security. RESTful services. RDF. SDN: OpenFlow


François Jezequel,
Head of ITsation, Procurement and Operators, Orange Labs

François Jezequel works currently for Orange Group and more specifically within the Technology and Global Innovation Division, in a direction called Orange Labs Networks.   He leads two main streams: the development of mutual relationships with telecommunications operators on key transformation topics - such as 5G, SDN/NFV and recently AI; to build bilateral partnerships; the coordination of the technology cooperation on networks - with Deutsche Telekom since 2011 and BuyIN for the procurement aspects (Orange-DT Joint Venture for procurement)   He is really excited by the challenges offered by Artificial Intelligence and has been elected representative of the General Members at the Linux Foundation Deep Learning (LF DL) Board (since April 2018). He considers the LF DL as an opportunity to drive AI development in open source community with peers, suppliers and partners.   Previously in his career, he has successfully driven during 10 years IT projects for Orange Group before moving to a corporate architecture position within Equant. He has more particularly coordinated Orange Group (France Telecom) IT convergence program in 2005.   François holds a MS in Software engineering from Telecom Paris Sud,


Daniel Bar-Lev,
Director, Office of the CTO, MEF

As director in the MEF's Office of the CTO, Daniel is responsible for the development and implementation of a range of strategic MEF programs that are central to MEF's transformation to an agile-process oriented standards development organization. These innovative programs - including the MEF Software Developer Community, MEFnet global implementation platform, and MEF Reference Implementations - enable MEF's 210+ member companies to implement draft and published service orchestration and definitions work in code, and to make available standardized open APIs that accelerate the availability of highly agile, assured and orchestrated services for today's hyper-connected world.   Daniel has been involved in the networking industry for 25 years holding a variety of positions in RAD Data Communications, as well as co-founding Resolute Networks where he held executive positions. Representing Resolute in the MEF, Daniel served for 3 years as MEF Global Marketing Co-Chair and was elected three times to the MEF Board of Directors. Since 2010, Daniel has been a senior member of the MEF staff.


Valéry Augais,
Senior Network Architect, Colt

Valéry Augais is a senior network architect in Colt’s Network On-Demand Architecture & Design team. He joined Colt’s engineering department in 1998 as an access and metro technologies specialist.  In the 2010’s he has been actively involved in: the design and roll-out of next-generation packet-based Carrier Ethernet networks and services; the modular integration of the optical, Ethernet and IP layers with the aim of simplifying the transport and service architectures; the evolution of the access network for a smarter mobile backhaul offering; the assessment and development of FTTx technologies and architectures for Colt. Since more recently his current research focus is on optical SDN services, Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning, and NFV infrastructure.   Valéry holds two M.Sc. degrees in Telecommunications and Computing from Telecom ParisTech and UPMC University, France.


Jean-Marc Uzé,
Network Data Scientist, AIforNet

12.30
Seated Lunch

Wednesday 10 April Afternoon AI NET Day One Track 3

    Conference Room AUDITORIUM Level -1

  • Exhibition open from 08.00 to 20.00
  • End of Conference: 18.00
  • Social Event: 19.30
 
Afternoon Chairman
JP Vasseur,
PhD, Head of ML/AI for Networking, Cisco Fellow
14.00 From Automatic to Autonomic Networks Session
14.00
Describing an Autonomic Network
Higher levels of autonomicity can be reached by combining the automatic, aware and adaptive properties. Collectively, the four properties qualify an autonomic system and are referred to as the 4 ‘A’. Ultimately, this boils down to the essential coupling of automation with the intelligence that will drive it towards cognitive operation

Laurent Ciavaglia, Senior Research Manager, Nokia

Laurent works at Nokia Bell Labs in Paris, France inventing new technologies for networks, turning concepts into real-life innovations. Recently, he is having fun (and some headaches) trying to combine network management and artificial intelligence.  Laurent has been involved in and led several European research projects such as FP7-UNIVERSELF, developing a unified management framework for autonomic network functions.   Laurent serves as co-chair of the IRTF Network Management Research Group (NRMG), and participates in IETF, essentially in the OPS area. Previously, he was vice-chair of the ETSI ISG on Autonomics for Future Internet (AFI), working on the definition of standards for self-managing networks.   Laurent has been recently appointed Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE SDN initiative Softwarization newsletter, and acts as Standards Liaison Officer for the IEEE ComSoc Technical Committee on Autonomic Communications (TCAC).

14.20
Intent Based Networking: the Technology behind the Hype
The ability to constantly validate that the operational state is the intended state is fundamental for IBN to coherently provide full life cycle management, from design, to deployment, to operations. Introducing the concept of IBA - Intent Based Analytics, that are context and intent aware and gather only data that is relevant to the intent as the opposite to “big data fishing”.

Jeff Tantsura, Head of Networking Strategy, Apstra, Chairman, IETF Routing and RIFT WGs
14.40
AI-powered Self-Driving Networks
Discussing challenges and opportunities when Artificial Intelligence is used to increase automation of each phase of the network lifecycle, including network and service configuration, fault detection and repair, and control & optimization of network resources.

Dario Rossi, Chief Expert on Network AI, Huawei Technologies

Dario Rossi is a Chief Expert on Network AI at Huawei Technologies, co. Ltd. Previously, he was Chair professor at the Computer Science department of Telecom ParisTech (2006-2018) and Professor at Ecole Polytechnique (2012-2018). He received his MSc and PhD degrees in from Politecnico di Torino (in 2001 and 2005 respectively), and was a visiting researcher at University of California, Berkeley (2003-2004).  He has coauthored 9 patents and over 150 conference/journal papers on different aspects of networking, that attracted over 5000 citations (Google scholar) and received 6 best paper awards. He is Senior Member of IEEE (2013) and ACM (2015), received an IETF Applied Network Research Prize (2016), a Google Faculty Research Award (2015), and has been honored with Distinguished Member recognition from the IEEE INFOCOM TPC (2015, 2016, 2017, 2019).

15.00
Are We Ready for Artificial Intelligence-assisted Network Orchestration and Management?
Discussing the network of the near future – networks that are designed and operated by humans, but assisted by Artificial intelligence (AI) “agents”. From automated operations to service design, AI can reduce management overheads and makes operations easier – the challenge lies is understanding exactly how much (and where) to apply AI...

Dr. Eyal Felstaine,
CTO, Amdocs

As CTO at Amdocs, Dr. Eyal Felstaine is responsible for planning and developing Amdocs’ technology vision and roadmap of the entire product portfolio. One of his focus points is the development and application of Acumos AI in the telco industry – Acumos is a platform and open source framework that makes it easy to build, share and deploy AI apps and its aim is to standardise the infrastructure stack and components required to run an out-of-the-box general AI environment. Acumos is part of the Linux Foundation Deep Learning Foundation of which Eyal is a member of the Deep Learning Governing Board Linux Foundation. Eyal also established Amdocs’ NFV group, developed and executed Amdocs’ award-winning NFV strategy (Light Reading), led the ECOMP co-creation program with AT&T around their software-centric Domain 2.0 vision of achieving 75% virtualization in their network by 2020, and took an active role in the creation of Linux Foundation’s ONAP working group – he continues to help drive ONAP’s path forward as a member of the governing board of Linux Foundation’s Network Group.   An innovator and entrepreneur by nature, Eyal has also co-founded and held CXO positions in several successful startups in the communications and evolved-packet core space. These include Traffix Systems, acquired by F5 Networks, Allot Communications [NASDAQ:ALLT] and SANRAD, acquired by OCZ Technology [NASDAQ: OCZ] (OCZ was later acquired by Toshiba Japan). He has also served as VP and head of Radware’s Cyber Security division [NASDAQ: RDWR]. An experienced speaker at industry conferences, Eyal has authored numerous refereed papers, holds over two dozen patents to his name, and has won several prestigious awards for research excellence in network security. Eyal holds a Ph.D., M.A.in Computer Science and B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering – from the Technion Israel Institute of Technology, and an MBA from Columbia University, NY.

15.20
Coffee Break / Exhibition / Interop Event
Sponsored by

15.50 Use Cases Session Part 1
15.50
How can we apply Machine Learning/AI for Networking: a Pragmatic Approach
Reviewing several of the main challenges that tend to sometimes be overlooked. Several key use cases such as Security, Wireless and SD-WAN are discussed, showing how ML/AI can be used to solve such use case with results never achieved with “classic” technologies, both in the context of cognitive and predictive analytics.

JP Vasseur,
PhD, Head of ML/AI for Networking, Cisco Fellow
16.10
Practical Cases of Augmented Operations with Machine Learning
Adopting a new tool will only be possible if it can be exploited without adding significant human effort and time. Sharing some real-life operational cases addressed with this innovative technology.

Jean-Marc Uzé,
Network Data Scientist, AIforNet
16.30
AI Net Practical Steps towards a Self-Driving Network
The first step consists of capturing human expertise as a set of customizable “playbook rules” that recommend actions in response to network situations. In the next step, machine learning replaces some of the rules. Finally, automation replaces recommendation: scripts allow closed loop operation and self-driving appears as an emergent behavior.

Kireeti Kompella,
Juniper Networks
16.50
Machine Learning Networking at OVH

Alain Fiocco, Chief Technical Officer, OVH

17.10 ROUND TABLE
 
AI Platforms for IP Networks
AI platforms are frequently used by developers to create both the learning algorithm and intelligent application. It is fair to ask ourselves if a network operator will find value in such platforms to exploit the data they have, or if they need specialised platforms that understand the specific network domain; or even if they should not use any of these tools and just go for in-house platform developments.

This panel will bring together data science platform editors that will share their views and experience in dealing with network data, the challenges faced in this domain - and what added-values they are focusing on to help service providers and enterprise to empower their services with data, as well as the openness of their platform to a broader ecosystem (API, SDK, opensource etc.).

Moderator
Jean-Marc Uzé,
Network Data Scientist, AIforNet

JP Vasseur,
PhD, Head of ML/AI for Networking, Cisco Fellow

Harsha Lakshmikanth,
Principal Engineer, Juniper Networks

Principal Engineer at Juniper Networks, and the prime architect of HealthBot, a network analytics product providing diagnostics, root cause analysis, anomaly detection, prediction, remediation, and customizable device and network health views.


Dr. Eyal Felstaine,
CTO, Amdocs

As CTO at Amdocs, Dr. Eyal Felstaine is responsible for planning and developing Amdocs’ technology vision and roadmap of the entire product portfolio. One of his focus points is the development and application of Acumos AI in the telco industry – Acumos is a platform and open source framework that makes it easy to build, share and deploy AI apps and its aim is to standardise the infrastructure stack and components required to run an out-of-the-box general AI environment. Acumos is part of the Linux Foundation Deep Learning Foundation of which Eyal is a member of the Deep Learning Governing Board Linux Foundation. Eyal also established Amdocs’ NFV group, developed and executed Amdocs’ award-winning NFV strategy (Light Reading), led the ECOMP co-creation program with AT&T around their software-centric Domain 2.0 vision of achieving 75% virtualization in their network by 2020, and took an active role in the creation of Linux Foundation’s ONAP working group – he continues to help drive ONAP’s path forward as a member of the governing board of Linux Foundation’s Network Group.   An innovator and entrepreneur by nature, Eyal has also co-founded and held CXO positions in several successful startups in the communications and evolved-packet core space. These include Traffix Systems, acquired by F5 Networks, Allot Communications [NASDAQ:ALLT] and SANRAD, acquired by OCZ Technology [NASDAQ: OCZ] (OCZ was later acquired by Toshiba Japan). He has also served as VP and head of Radware’s Cyber Security division [NASDAQ: RDWR]. An experienced speaker at industry conferences, Eyal has authored numerous refereed papers, holds over two dozen patents to his name, and has won several prestigious awards for research excellence in network security. Eyal holds a Ph.D., M.A.in Computer Science and B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering – from the Technion Israel Institute of Technology, and an MBA from Columbia University, NY.


Benoît Drooghaag, Senior Data Scientist and Technical Lead, Nokia

Mr. Drooghaag has significant experience applying data science concepts to access networks for troubleshooting and quality of end user experience predictions.   He was a lead on one of Nokia’s top data science teams; within this role he helped integrate deep learning into a commercially available products. One of Mr. Drooghaag’s current focus is the Nokia Analytics Platform, an AI platform specifically designed for Digital Service Providers.


18.00

19.30
End of Conference Day One

20th Anniversary Reception